Chinati is now offering outdoor Self-guided Walking Tours, Thursday-Saturday. The museum’s indoor spaces remain closed.
Tickets will be available each Monday for tours the same week. Reservations are required and space is limited.
Please read all of the information in
Plan Your Visit, What to Expect
and Self-guided Walking Tour.
Plan Your Visit
The Chinati Foundation is open for Self-guided Walking Tours, Thursday-Saturday. Tickets will be available each Monday for tours the same week. Reservations are required and space is limited.
Chinati continues to require all staff and guests to follow Covid-19 Precautions. Masks are required to enter the museum and any time you are within 6 feet of anyone not in your group. This includes outdoor spaces.
No buildings, including the Visitor Center and Bookstore, will be open to the public. None of the indoor exhibitions are open at this time. No public restrooms are available.
Chinati is located in the high, arid Chihuahuan Desert. Marfa sunlight can be intense, especially when combined with the high altitude. Please dress appropriately. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are strongly encouraged. No public drinking fountains are available at this time. Please bring your own water.
Marfa is located in the Central Time Zone. Please note there is a one-hour time difference when traveling from El Paso to Marfa.
Shop anytime at our online store. Local pickup will be available Thursday – Saturday when the museum is open.
To book tickets see Self-guided Walking Tour.
What to Expect
Chinati requires visitors to follow these Covid-19 Precautions without exception:
-All visitors are required to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth within proximity of any person not in their group.
-All visitors must maintain a distance of 6 ft from other groups.
-No groups larger than 5 individuals will be admitted.
-No indoor spaces, including bathrooms, will be accessible during your visit.
Visitors acting in any way that disrupts the health and safety of other visitors, staff, or residents, or puts the artwork or facilities at risk, will be asked to leave immediately.
Dress comfortably and sensibly for the climate.
Chinati is located in the high, arid Chihuahuan desert. The walking tour is about 2 miles in its entirety and takes 1 – 1.5 hours to complete. With no interior access, the tour requires significant time outdoors in the sun or in extreme weather elements. Walking on unpaved terrain can be uneven, thorny, or rock-covered.
Don’t touch the art.
Help us preserve Chinati’s collection for future generations. Even natural oils of clean hands can damage the surfaces of outdoor sculptures. Touching, walking on, or climbing on works of art is prohibited.
Remain on established pathways.
Please enjoy our desert grasslands, but do not stand in or walk through unmarked areas. This is for your own safety—snakes, stinging insects, and thorns are always present—as well as to protect the land and local ecology.
Photography is allowed only for personal use.
Drone photography is not permitted.
All artwork is copyrighted and may not be used for any commercial or professional purposes without formal permission. For copyright information and to request permission, click here.
Visitors may carry a capped water bottle. Water only, no other beverages are allowed.
Don’t bring a pet to Chinati.
To protect the landscape, wildlife, and your pet, Chinati does not permit pets on museum grounds. Pets should not be left unattended in cars or anywhere on our property. Chinati welcomes ADA title III service animals, in accordance with federal law.
Self-guided Walking Tour
Chinati offers outdoor Self-guided Walking Tours, Thursday-Saturday, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am.
The museum’s indoor spaces remain closed and no interior exhibitions are available until further notice.
Tickets will be available each Monday for tours the same week. Space is limited. Please reserve in advance to guarantee admission.
Self-guided Walking Tours
Experience Chinati Outdoors.
This self-guided tour covers about 2 miles and takes approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete. No indoor exhibitions are available at this time.
Visitors can walk the path along Donald Judd’s 15 untitled works in concrete, visit Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Monument to the Last Horse, as well as take in exterior views of Judd’s 100 untitled works in mill aluminum and the John Wesley Gallery. On the walking tour visitors will be able to survey the historic architecture of Fort D.A. Russell as adapted by Judd and experience the grasslands, wildlife, and open space that brought him to Marfa.
No indoor exhibitions or facilities, including bathrooms, will be accessible during your visit. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are strongly encouraged.
The gate will open at the appointed time of your tour for check in. For public safety and to reduce density we ask that visitors arrive on time to begin the Walking Tour. Please have your mask on at the time of your arrival.
Tickets go on sale each Monday for tours the same week. For tour times and tickets, click here.
Admission is free for Chinati members, children age 17 and under, Military, healthcare workers, and residents of Brewster, Jeff Davis and Presidio counties.
Discounts are offered to persons age 65 and over, students and teachers.
Reservations are required since tour space is limited.
If you have questions about visiting, please email Visitor Services Manager, Abby Boyd, at email@example.com.
For more information see What to Expect.
The permanent collection is sited at three locations, each of which includes repurposed structures and sites connected to Marfa’s history. In downtown Marfa, 22 sculptures by John Chamberlain are installed in a former wool and mohair warehouse. Robert Irwin’s untitled (dawn to dusk) exists on the site of a former military hospital, adjacent to Chinati’s main location and Visitors Center on the grounds of the historic Fort D.A. Russell. In artillery sheds specifically adapted for the purpose, Donald Judd’s 100 untitled works in mill aluminum are installed in sight of the artist’s outdoor 15 untitled works in concrete. Six barracks buildings were converted for a large-scale work in fluorescent light by Dan Flavin. Also on view are major installations by Carl Andre, Ingólfur Arnarsson, Roni Horn, Ilya Kabakov, Richard Long, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, and David Rabinowitch, as well as a gallery of paintings by John Wesley.
The buildings and land that situate these works are considered part of the permanent collection. To learn more about the works in Chinati’s collection, click here.
Chinati is taking precautions to keep visitors, staff, and residents who live on the grounds safe by limiting access. No indoor spaces are available for viewing at this time. Please join our mailing list to stay up to date on our tours and programming.
Getting to Chinati
Please note there is a one-hour time difference when traveling from El Paso to Marfa.
For directions to Chinati and Marfa, visit our contact page.
For people who have difficulty walking or use a wheelchair, the grounds can be challenging. To help us prepare for your visit, please contact Visitor Services: 432.729.4362 ext.283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are an educator grades K-12 who would like more information about visiting Chinati or resources for your classroom, please visit our Education page.